There’s no way to describe how special of an experience pregnancy is—watching your belly grow and feeling your baby’s kicks get stronger and stronger. As beautiful as is, it’s very short lived—just a few more months until your baby is out of your body and into your arms. No more feeling those little hiccups from inside or wondering what (and who!) he or she will look like. With your baby’s due date quickly approaching it’s time to start preparing for your maternity photos. Whether it’s your first pregnancy or your third, maternity photos are a family affair. Big moments like these bring everyone closer together, which is all the more reason to include your whole bunch. Here are five ways to include your partner or family in the maternity photos.

Hug That Belly
The main focal point of a maternity photoshoot is, of course, your blossoming bump! That’s why we love to have either the partner or the sibling place his or her head on the belly to give the baby bump a loving hug. It is absolutely stunning in portraits and shows just how much that baby is loved long before he or she even enters the world.. And just think how loved you’ll feel with your child kissing your belly.

Silhouette of the Two of You
You’ve probably seen your share of silhouette maternity photos on Pinterest of just the expecting Mama—but why not capture a few shots that include your partner too? Silhouettes are elegant and artistic because they are typically captured on a white backdrop or in front of a large window making them neutral enough to fit anywhere in your home!

Take a Walk
If you have the opportunity to get outside for maternity photos, simply walking hand-in-hand with your partner or the entire family will provide sweet, candid moments that are absolutely worth capturing and treasuring forever. Another plus is that it will take the pressure off smiling or posing perfectly.

Use a Prop
I love including special items, like an ultrasound image, booties or a hat in maternity photos. Having your partner hold the item in front of your belly or extended out in front of the both of you is a fun way to take the focus off of you and point the spotlight on the baby. It will also show the anticipation of your baby’s arrival and your love for each other all in one special portrait!

Give a Little Kiss
Your wedding may have been the last time you and your partner purposely kissed for pictures, but this moment is just as special! Don’t be afraid to show a PDA, whether it’s a soft kiss on the neck or a full kiss on the lips. Sharing a kiss with your partner in maternity photos documents the love and commitment you have for each other through every stage of your life together.

Documenting moments like these are the perfect way to relive the special milestones of your life you only experience a few times. If you or someone you know is interested in capturing maternity photos, I recommend scheduling them for any time between 32 and 35 weeks. That’s the perfect window of opportunity to show off your baby bump in photos. Fill out the contact form below to find out full details and learn about the discount you can receive when booking both maternity and newborn photography sessions.